Unusual item of the day: an old Indian Raj cast bronze candlestick in the form of a crocodile: the lotus flower at the top unscrews to reveal a candle sconce. Once part of a much larger set, this piece would have graced the home of a wealthy Raj oficer. Mid 19th Century.
Hi Cathy, welcome to the Kashgar page..or is that circle? I have no idea how to send you a private email, so ths is a public announcement :) May I also say how very fashion forward of you it is to have a Google+ profile?
Kashgar stocks a hugely diverse range of furniture, rugs, textiles,
antiques, handicrafts and jewellery sourced from over 25 different
countries including India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Thailand, Burma, Laos,
the Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Palestine, Syria,
Afghanistan and Turkmanistan. Our 2000-piece collection includes
contemporary and tribal silver and gold jewellery, a unique range
of headhunting curios, antique Buddhist relics and a collection of
one-off necklaces and bracelets that we design using the beads and
jewellery making techniques of ethnic minorities from around the globe.
Kashgar is a philosophy as well as a store. We are committed to
supporting traditional artisans and small village communities by selling
authentic handcrafted goods which are all personally collected by us.
By supporting traditional methods of design and production we hope to
encourage local cottage industries which have a low impact on the
environment and help ethnic minorities maintain their self-sufficiency
into the 21st Century. We are particularly committed to assisting women
around the world and to this end work with several organizations
including the Hua Bin Women's Union of Vietnam, the East Timorese
Women's Association and Tikondane in Zambia. Time-honored means of
craftsmanship and traditional ways of life are disappearing as people
all over the world give up their traditional clothing in favour of jeans
and T-shirts. We see our trade as a means of staving off the
inevitable encroachment of the 21st century, assisting communities to
decide for themselves which parts of the western world they wish to
incorporate (medicine, education) and which they wish to reject
(prostitution, begging, servitude to warlords). We encourage our
customers to think of the handicrafts and artifacts they buy from us as
an investment: a piece of history and a way of life that may soon be
Kashgar has one retail outlet in Sydney. Our
pieces have appeared as props in movies such as Mission Impossible 2,
Queen of the Damned, Scooby Doo, Moulin Rouge and Wolverine, and in
series such as Farscape and Beastmaster, as well as a large number of
plays, commercials and exhibitions. We are occasionally commissioned to
find special pieces for individual customers as well as for film sets,
event management companies, hotels, businesses, consulates and
embassies. The uniqueness of our stock means that we are also very
appealing to interior and fashion designers with a taste for the exotic.